Professor Allen Cheng


  • Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Antimicrobial drug policy

Allen works as an infectious diseases physician. His key interests are in influenza, antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections.

He is involved in influenza surveillance in Australian hospitals as well as clinical trials in infectious diseases. Allen's research covers a diverse area within infectious diseases, including sepsis and severe melioidosis, tropical medicine, influenza and vaccine effectiveness, hospital infection prevention and control, antibiotic pharmacokinetics, antimicrobial drug policy and clinical infectious diseases.

Allen Cheng is an infectious diseases physician. He is Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and is Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health. He has a PhD (Flinders University), a Master of Public Health (Monash University) and a Master of Biostatistics (University of Queensland). Prof Cheng is current President-Elect of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID). He has been a member of expert writing groups for several national guidelines, including Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic and Respiratory and Australian Infection Control Guidelines for NHMRC. He is Chair of the Advisory Committee for Vaccines and Co-Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.


  • Infection prevention and control.
  • Antibiotic pharmacokinetics.
  • Antimicrobial drug policy.
  • Antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Antiseptic effectiveness in hospital environments.
  • Antimicrobial allergy.
  • Healthcare associated and hospital-acquired infections.


  • Reducing AMR infection and spread in clinical and healthcare settings through improved drug policy, antimicrobial stewardship and clinical practice.